Brazil’s Indians Offended by Pope Comments

From Yahoo! News:

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Outraged Indian leaders in Brazil said on Monday they were offended by
Pope Benedict’s “arrogant and disrespectful” comments that the Roman Catholic Church had purified them and a revival of their religions would be a backward step.

In a speech to Latin American and Caribbean bishops at the end of a visit to Brazil, the Pope said the Church had not imposed itself on the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

They had welcomed the arrival of European priests at the time of the conquest as they were “silently longing” for Christianity, he said.

Millions of tribal Indians are believed to have died as a result of European colonization backed by the Church since Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492, through slaughter, disease or enslavement.

Many Indians today struggle for survival, stripped of their traditional ways of life and excluded from society.

“It’s arrogant and disrespectful to consider our cultural heritage secondary to theirs,” said Jecinaldo Satere Mawe, chief coordinator of the Amazon Indian group Coiab.


  1. argh! this gets my goat:
    “Brazil’s indians”


    theyre not Indian, theyre Brazilian.
    from Brazil.
    not India.

  2. agreed with Emily. They’re not “Indians”. ARG!

    oh, and “silently longing”… hmm, just like kids are “silently longing” to be ass-****ed by priests. good grief.

  3. they call themselves “indio”

    they are just as much “indians” as the cherokees in the US are

    and the juxtaposition of the word indian as it applies to native inhabitants of america versus those from India, is historically significant.

  4. Indians means “ìndios”, and yes, there are. They were here before the Portuguese came here.

    I was offended with his presence here. He came here and started to say a bunch of stupid things. It’s funny, people don’t respected the other religions here and they supposed that everybody is Christian. I hate this. It’s stupid and unconstitutional.

    “the Pope said the Church had not imposed itself on the indigenous peoples of the Americas.” Ah, no, of course not. It was my grandmother who did that for sure.

  5. umm, “Indios” only means indigenous people (Indians) in the Spanish (and Portuguese), thus Latin, root. I hope you are not saying that the Aboriginal Americans spoke Spanish, Portuguese, or any “Romance” language for that matter. I find it hard to believe that the Aboriginal Americans referred to themselves in such a word, outside of their language.

  6. caption competition!!

    Pope: “look into my eyes.. not around the eyes, dont look around the eyes..into the eyes!.. now i vant you to give me your sooul..”

  7. Has anyone asked what people from the India think of this? Their identity is being obscured by the mistakes of a few dumbass Europeans more than 500 years ago. Now they’re referred to as “East Indian”. I’m sure Americans would take offense if I showed up in Russia, decided to call all of the inhabitants Americans, and then told people of the USA that they were now Western Americans.

    While the mistakes may be historically significant, they are for the history books, not for propagating geographical misunderstandings.

  8. They can both shut up whinging –

    Pope: Everything you stand for, let alone say, offends me because you’re arrogant and disrespectful towards my belief in common sense.

    Indians: Revival of any religion is a backward step, and yours is no different.

  9. “Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not…”
    – “Nós amamos a ti, grande pai!”
    – “Didya bring the vaseline?”

    See? See — silent longing.

  10. My first thought was the evil emperor guy from Big Trouble in Little China.

    Tribal religions have the advantage that they don’t bother anyone else. For us in the western so called civilized world, religion pretty much ammounts to genocide in our history books.

    To me it is completely baffling that the catholic church even is allowed to exist after so many centuries of plundering entire nations, the torture and murder of thousands and their oppression of free thought and science.

    Why aren’t they made accountable? People should get their pitchforks and simply take care of the scum.

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